I basically followed the instructions in the original post, right down to the union jack sheet metal. However, my one big change was that I wanted something that would be super easy to remove & replace so it wouldn't be such a pain to change the air filter. My first thought was velcro, which had been suggested in the comments of the original post. I even bought the velcro and took it home... but then I realized just how thick it was. It would have been about as thick as my molding, and it obviously wouldn't have been flush against the wall. I started searching around online to see if I could find any clips that would work - then bingo! - these little gems were perfect. Mirror mounting clips that swivel, and that also happened to be 1/4 inch thick, just like my molding. These were all of the supplies I ended up using...
- Molding/wood (mine was 2" wide and 1/4" thick)
- Sheet metal (my Home Depot didn't have anything good, so I bought this kind)
- Tin snips (I bought these)
- Super glue (I used Loctite)
- Mirror mounting clips or other fasteners (in case you missed it above, I used these)
When I went to buy the molding at Home Depot, I decided to saw the 4 pieces to the proper size in the store, so I wouldn't have to mess with a saw later. My grille is 18x18, so I sawed two 18" pieces and two 14" pieces. The only thing I had to cut at home was the sheet metal - I wasn't sure how hard it would be, but it was very easy - no problem at all for my wimpy hands!
|Tin snips are awesome!|
|Sheet metal after all the coats of paint (looks a little trippy when you stare at it, doesn't it??)|
|Swivel clips, I love you!|
|Do the silver clips bother you? If so, then plan ahead (unlike me) and paint them when you paint your sheet metal.|
|Our grille is in our little sunroom by the patio door|
|Smokey & the grille|
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